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Anyone using the Mirena IUD have a low sex drive?

By April 24, 2009 - 1:10pm
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Low Libido

Mine is almost non existant! :o(

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Anonymous (reply to slslater)

I have had my mirena in for 4 1/2 years. It's coming out tomorrow. I have little to no sex drive, irritable, exhaustion and I can feel having sex but it doesn't feel super great most of the time. My hubby got fixed a few months ago because we both believe my lack of interest in sex (used to be a Nympho). I had it inserted after we had our first and only child. My gyno has repeatedly said that I must be stressed out and the IUD had nothing to do with it. This was not the same gyno that inserted it, not even with the same practice, so it's not like she's defending anything. I wish I had never had it put in.

December 14, 2010 - 8:27pm
(reply to Anonymous)

I have had my Mirena for nearly 2 years now. Before the Mirena, I couldn't actually find a contraceptive that worked for me (pill caused irregularity, got pregnant on depopravera needle and implanon just caused months of bleeding and immense pain) so my doctor suggested it. He told me it was wonderful with just a few slight side effects, i now feel like giving him a Mirena!! I have excruciating pain, spotting, irratability, extreme mood swings, exhaustion and just like all of you ladies - a sex drive that has gone from barely containable to barely existent!!! I never once thought there was a connection between the Mirena and these symptoms until just a few days ago but now after reading all of your posts I see clearly that this stupid thing is the cause and am now considering having it removed. My only problem is that i'm getting low on contraception choices. I have two beautiful sons and i'm not thinking about having more children at the moment but i'm not going to say that i'm done having kids just yet.

December 15, 2010 - 10:51pm
(reply to KAH_1982)

Hi KAH_1982,
I'm sorry you have had some bad experiences. I know women who have had bad symptoms from Mirena also. I too know women who love Mirena. Everyone is different. I personally (always was a pill girl) had to switch birth control pills three times before I found one that worked for me and didn't give breakthrough bleeding or mood swings. It's odd you had irregularity on the pill. It's supposed to regulate your cycle. Were you skipping cycles? Is that what you mean? Have you tried the pill since delivering your children? I know it can be annoying trying to find a method that's right for you.
Regardless, I'm sure you know about birth control, but for what it's worth, here is an article highlighting birth control choices that may give you some more options: Which Birth Control is Most Effective?
Good luck and let us know how you're doing in the future.

December 16, 2010 - 9:40am
(reply to Christine Jeffries)

Hi Christine,
Thanks for the advice. To answer one of your questions/comments - The irregularity I was referring to was the fact that some months after taking the inactive/red pills my period would come normally and other months it wouldn't come and then during the months that my period did not come I would more than likely have some spotting during my active 21 days. Even my gyno was a bit confused as to why this was happening as I was taking the pill extremely regularly, every night as 6pm. I tried the pill again after my first child but have not tried it since my second (i've had the mirena since my 2nd child was 2 months old). I'll read the info you linked up for me and hopefully get the answers i'm looking for.

December 17, 2010 - 7:26pm
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Anonymous (reply to KAH_1982)

Ok, the Mirena is out. Didn't hurt just felt wierd. I started my period a day later (very odd since I haven't really had one in 4 1/2 years). But here's the good news. I want my hubby to touch me! Not just sexually but hugs feel better. Also I have been peeing like crazy and don't feel bloated anymore. Never going back to the Mirena nor will I reccomend it. If you want an IUD go with the hormone free 10 year one. My cousin has it, loves it, and has 4 kids, and still wants her husband sexually.

December 18, 2010 - 11:09am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

All of these comments are SO helpful. I have 3 beautiful children. I was on the mini pill after my first but got pregnant with twins when my daughter was only 3 months old. The mini pill does not work for me...So, I have been on Mirena since my twins were born 2 1/2 years ago. My sex drive slowly dwindled and is completely gone now. It is hurting my relationship with my husband. I know it is hurting him and I didn't know why I had no desire at all. Like a lot of women on here I too don't want to be touched at all, have horrible mood swings am exhausted and always feel bloated. I thought it was because I have 3 toddlers and am super busy and stressed....But now I'm not so sure stress is the only factor. I think I am going to get my Mirena taken out. It's just not worth risking my relationship with my husband who is my best friend and who I Love with all my heart. I hate seeing how much this hurts him and hate feeling like this. What are some good alternative Birth Control I can use that don't cause mood swings and are reliable...while I love my 3 beautiful babies...I don't want anymore. ;)

May 14, 2011 - 1:14pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,
There definitely are a lot of options out there, so surely there is one that is right for you and your husband. Here is a link to the Planned Parenthood website for you to investigate a method that fits your criteria: Planned Parenthood: Birth Control Methods
Good luck, and keep us posted on what you decide to do.
Take care,

May 16, 2011 - 8:40am
(reply to Anonymous)

If all the women who've made their way to this site have had a problem w the Mirena, it makes me think there must be a correlation. I don't know what tests were done to get this on the market but once on the market doctors are supposed to report adverse reactions to a central agency for tracking (at least in Canada). But if they don't even believe this is a reverse reaction to the product - no reports are tracked and the belief persists that the Mirena can't possible be associated with this side effect (or maybe they don't think complete loss of libido is an adverse reaction?!)

December 15, 2010 - 3:04pm
(reply to slslater)

I couldn't agree with you MORE!! I told my gyn that I feel so much better since the Mirena fell out!! She looked at me like I had 6 heads! Seriously!
I wonder if there is somehow this could be brought to the attention of the pharmaceutical company???

December 18, 2010 - 8:10am

i had lots of problems like that when i was on birth control until i switched to paraguard

its a non hormonal IUD made ofcopper, it creates an inhospitable environment for sperm, thats why it works,

if your sensitive to the hormone change BC causes, switch to paraguard

i love it!

December 8, 2010 - 12:48pm
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